Collaborated with Karie to create a website for her local aesthetician practice.
- The goal. Clearly state the purpose of the project. Explain the goal and problem you’re addressing with it.
- The process. As a web developer, following and explaining the overall process is something that you should take very seriously. Your case-study should express how you think and use step-by-step explanation. Explain, briefly, each step of the process from the initial concept to the finished product, and give context to the images. Outline behind-the-scenes processes through visuals: sketches, early screenshots, testing notes — these are all just as valuable as a flawless final product picture.
- The final product. Demonstrate the end results using both visuals and text. Always include a link to the live version of the website you worked on.
- The outcome. Show how your work benefitted the client. For example, if you have user research results that show the impact of your work, you should definitely include this information in the outcome section. Also, explain what you’ve learned from the project.
Ultimately, design is about problem-solving, and anyone hiring a web developer is hiring someone for their ability to systematically figure out the best solution to their problems.
As you describe different projects in your portfolio, make sure you tell a clear story about what problems you faced during development, and how you overcame these situations as a team/individual.
As you describe the problem and eventual solution, walk people through the process you took to get there:
- Explain the business problem you were trying to solve. Just a few sentences to create context.
- Describe your approach. How did you find an approach that worked for your clients and why did it work?
- Describe the impact of your work. Relate your design/development back to the business problem.